Accession Number : ADA310357

Title :   Feasibility Study of a Rotorcraft Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS): Results of Operator's Evaluation.

Descriptive Note : Final contractor rept.,

Corporate Author : PETROLEUM HELICOPTERS INC LAFAYETTE LA

Personal Author(s) : Romero, Raylund ; Summers, Harold ; Cronkhite, James

PDF Url : ADA310357

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) to provide monitoring of critical mechanical systems on the helicopter, including motors, drive train, engines and life-limited components. The implementation of HUMS and cost integration with current maintenance procedures was assessed from the operator's viewpoint in order to achieve expected benefits from these systems, such as enhanced safety, reduced maintenance cost and increased availability. An operational HUMS was used as a basis for this study that was installed and operated under an independent flight trial program. The HUMS equipment and software were commercially available.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, *MONITORING, *HELICOPTERS, *MECHANICAL COMPONENTS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, FLIGHT TESTING, STATE OF THE ART, HEALTH, DEFORMATION, REDUCTION, COSTS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, INTEGRATION, AVIATION SAFETY, ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT.

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE